What does that mean? When can we run again?
Generally speaking though, it seems that most people would suggest at least one week off completely from running, and then possibly a second week off, or some light running in week two.
This time off isn’t just to heal your muscles…It’s for mental recovery too. Just because your muscles aren’t hurting doesn’t mean you should dive right back in again! After the months of marathon training, sometimes you mentally need some time off to remember that there’s more to life than tempo runs, negative splits, and GU’s.
But after those two weeks are over, then what? How soon can you begin training for, and participating in your next marathon? It seems that the answer depends on several factors, such as years of experience, intensity of your training program for the last marathon, energy/effort during that marathon, etc. Most of the articles on this topic agree that two marathons is a good limit per year (spaced six months apart) for ideal performance.
How to start running again: the Reverse Taper!
Bottom line is to closely gauge yourself after a marathon race. Listen to your body.
The Newport marathon is a small race, with only 900 participants, but the reviews on www.marathonguide.com are very positive; Rogue beer and clam chowder at the finish; oysters on the course; a true Pacific Northwest experience!
How do I feel physically? Pretty good, actually. But I’m not going to push it in too soon. I am spending this week and next not running. I am doing yoga, kettlebells, and other non-running activities to burn the calories!
….why can’t I be faster?
Well, I think that I can. I think that I have been a bit complacent with my training. Steamtown was fun, but I was smiling the whole time. Should I really be smiling? Can’t I do better than a 3:55, when all my peers are in the 3:30’s and 3:40’s? Yes. Yes, I can.
So that’s my plan for 2013.What’s yours? Do you have a half marathon on the horizon, or a full next year? Which one? Please share in the comments!